Creative Command: Amy Jackson, Photographer
This round of Creative Command features Amy Jackson, a photographer who runs the blog Learn Blog Photography. Every creative in this series comes with a different point of view and, at times, a different discipline. They’re teachers, bloggers, artists and more.
I like being able to pick out the common threads in each interview. It highlights that we all have similar struggles and that we can all relate to one another when it comes down to it.
It’s important that we realize that there is more going on behind the scenes than we know. Nowadays it’s really easy to get caught up in all of those Instagram glam shots and to forget that we all feel down from time to time. That we all have times where we get into a rut and that we’re not always fountains of inspiration.
Speaking of great imagery, Amy Jackson helps bloggers discover clever ways to improve their blog photography. As any blogger worth their salt will tell you, photos are everything. No matter how good you are you’ll always strive to be better than you were before. So, why not learn from someone who not only knows how to rock a DSLR but who also knows how to make a smartphone work for you?
That’s where Amy comes in! She loves making photography more accessible to her audience and if you’re hitting a photography roadblock then she’d love to help you too. Amy Jackson is a wonderful addition to this series. Take a look at her thoughts on creativity and share your own below!
1. Tell us your name, about your blog, biz, or creative pursuits!
Hi! I’m Amy Jackson, founder of Learn Blog Photography where I teach bloggers how to improve their photos by teaching basic photography principles and post processing; no fancy camera required! I also have a private Facebook group where I offer tips and advice. Ask to join!
2. How would you define “Creativity”?
Creativity to me is any medium you choose to express yourself with.
3. What would you say to someone who thought you had to be an artist in order to be creative?
I’d tell that person they’re wrong. Everyone is creative in their own way. Some people choose to express their creativity in writing, others in photos, and others through drawing.
4. Would you consider yourself a creative person? Has it been something you’ve worked toward or is it natural to you?
Yes, I feel I’m creative. However, I don’t always feel creative. Feeling creative comes and goes just like any other feeling. (Click to Tweet)
Check out past Creative Command interviews featuring creatives from different industries with varying perspectives.
5. What do you do to keep yourself in the creative mindset?
I try to surround myself with upbeat people and look through photos or other creative works that help get the juices flowing.
6. How has creativity impacted your blog or business?
It’s huge! My entire business is built on creativity and helping bloggers create their own sense of creativity for their blogs.
7. What inspires you to create and achieve your goals?
I’m inspired by helping others. I love teaching bloggers how to improve their photos. When I can’t come up with a topic to write about, I can easily turn to the members of my group. After talking with them, I’m inspired to record a video or write a post to help them!
8. What does it look and feel like when you’re in creation mode?
Happy, excited, and a mess. The mess usually comes from getting all of my photography gear and props out to have fun with another shoot!
9. What is your initial reaction when you realize you’re in a creative rut?
Fear and indecision especially when a topic doesn’t resonate with me. I just can’t write about a topic if I’m not feeling it from a creative aspect.
10. Tell us about a recent moment where you felt “stuck” creatively?
I couldn’t come up with a blog post topic recently. I had a couple topics that I could write about, but none of them peaked my interest or got my creativity flowing.
11. What do you do to get past feeling blocked? Do you have a strategy?
To get past feeling blocked about a blog post topic, I turn to the members of my group for suggestions. By helping them with a specific question, I know it’s what they need and the creativity flows easily then.
12. What thoughts go through your mind when your blocked mindset lingers longer than you’d like?
When my block lasts longer than it should, I start looking for ways to improve my mood. Sometimes I just need a break and to return to the work at hand when I’m feeling more creative.
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13. Can you predict when you’re about to go through a period of being uninspired?
No, I haven’t paid that much attention to it.
14. What do you focus your energy on when you’re feeling stuck?
Helping others and answering their questions.
15. What tools or tips would you offer to other creatives (in general or specifically in your field) who find themselves uninspired?
Find a way to reach out to your viewers to find out what they specifically need. That’s always helped me get out of a rut.
What do you think of Amy Jackson and her take on creativity?